This Week's Points:
1) You don't have to be a part of a big group to make some big growth.
Sometimes our human nature tends to make us think that we have to be a part of the big group or the big church because it is the one that is significant… I mean, “look at all those people…it must be God.”
--That is human thinking
--That is why about 150 churches close every weekend.
--I’m not entertained enough at my church, so I am going to watch Steven
----I have no issues with you watching Steven Furtick. Delivers a great
message. Hits home on a lot of points.
The small church dies because the very ones who should be helping run the small church are ignoring it because it hasn’t met the criteria desired to be worth their energy.
It’s not about being a part of the big group, it’s bout being a part of the big picture… the Kingdom sized picture.
2) The Wrong Method = Madness
Discipleship in the classroom setting is not a bad thing, but these men that Jesus taught lived life with him.
-I know that we can easily quip at that saying that, I have a job… it’s not possible to give everything up and do this.
-I totally understand what you are saying. It’s not the process as much as the position.
---There is a level of intimacy that can only come from doing life together. (iron sharpens iron)
---There is also a level of accountability. (not a popular word)
(Iron sharpens iron)
---Some things are learned by seeing others in the storm and not just hearing their story. (iron sharpening iron)
---Some things are learned by having others around us while we are in the storm. (iron sharpening iron)
3) We have a choice to make…Guilt or Grace?
-For far too long, the church has done whatever is possible to get people to be a part to the point that they have used guilt and shame as a very powerful tool to move the masses.
-True repentance comes from the understanding that
“we love him because He loved us first.” 1Jn 4:19
“it’s his kindness that leads us to repentance” Ro 2:4
-Now let me better define grace for us.
---Mercy is not getting what you deserve.
---Grace is getting more than you deserve.
-We all need to recognize that this is the power of God at work.
---We all deserve death, but in his mercy, that price was paid.
---We receive his grace because we not only get life, but we get it more abundantly because of what Jesus has done!